Hyundai is in the midst of an electric renaissance, and if the Vision 74 concept shows us what lies ahead, the future is highly desirable.
Hydrogen electric vehicles are not very desirable, or at least they were not (yes, we’re talking about you, Toyota Mirai). But hydrogen combined with an electric battery is a very serious alternative to traditional heat engines.
Say hello concept Hyundai N Vision 74, a hydrogen electric vehicle designed to combine the power and performance of electric vehicles with a range of liquid fuels. Hyundai’s N sub-brand has been working on prototypes powered by electric motor and hydrogen engine for seven years, and the project is beginning to bear fruit. N Vision 74 aims to solve the biggest problem with high-performance electric cars: the lack of range. This is what the team Hyundai call it a “hydrogen hybrid”.
580 hp power
With only 4.2 kg of hydrogen on board and a fully charged 62.4 kWh battery, Hyundai claims that the N Vision 74 has a range of over 600 km when driving at low speed. It is necessarily much smaller when driving faster because the two rear electric motors suck up electrons more than 580 hp / 500 kW and 664 newton meters (Nm) of torque. This is enough to give the coupe a top speed of over 250 km / h and the ability to hit 100 km / h in four seconds.
In addition to increasing the range, the hydrogen fuel cell also reduces the charging time to just five minutes. The battery, meanwhile, is capable of recharging at 800 volts, which should allow for a 10% to 80% charge in less than 18 minutes, based on the production of Hyundai electric cars with technology similar to battery. The hydrogen fuel cell can produce a maximum of 95 kW to directly drive the motors or recharge the battery.
A hydrogen fuel cell, a large battery and two engines at the rear
The hydrogen fuel cell is located under the bonnet, while two hydrogen tanks are installed in the trunk. The T-shaped battery is integrated behind and between the two seats, so the heaviest component can be in the middle of the car for better weight distribution.
Regardless of the source, power is transmitted to two motors installed on the rear axle, one to each rear wheel. To keep the hydrogen fuel cell, battery and engines cool, the N Vision 74 has three separate cooling circuits that operate each system separately. You are not going to make a Paris-Nantes, the goal here is for the car to complete an entire lap of the tough Nürburgring Nordschleife without overheating or reducing the power.
Very cool look
As cool as these numbers are, nothing is as cool as the look of this car. Inspired by the 1974 Hyundai Pony Coupe concept designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the N Vision 74 looks like a superbil from the 70s.
Some will see the Lancia 037, others the DeLorean DMC-12, with massive side air intakes and a huge rear spoiler. The Hyundai N has fitted 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch turbine-style rear wheels, the latter having been wrapped in what must be the widest tires ever fitted on a Hyundai. Finally, we appreciate the pixelated headlights, like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, that give it a true retro-futuristic look.
Hyundai is not talking about the future of the N Vision 74. We imagine that the underlying technology can be used in a future vehicle and that this car. Hydrogen fuel cell or not, we desperately want this car to go into production one way or another.
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